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kilo
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Member since Oct 2011
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Skeeter vs Nitro.

Looking to buy a new boat. Down to these two manufacturers. Mostly looking for recs on dealer service and warranties from those who have purchased recently from either one.

Thanks



John_V
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New Roads
Member since Oct 2018
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Skeeter is much more of a performance hull than the nitro imo


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lsupride87
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Member since Dec 2007
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Bass pro has been great for service on our Tracker boat, so I would think Nitro would be the same

Can’t say anything about skeeter don’t have an experience


RichJ
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The land of the CoonAss
Member since Nov 2016
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I’ve owned 2 Skeeters, 2008 ZX200, & 2016 ZX225, both solid boats with Yamaha power. No issues with either, always brought back to selling dealership for maintenance items I didn’t care to do myself, such as water pump replacement.
Never owned a Nitro, but did pass lots of them on Toledo Bend…


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CBLSU316
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Far Right of Left
Member since Jun 2008
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I have a family member that is pretty high on the org chart at Skeeter.

I can tell you that they beat the absolute shite out of those boats in testing to make sure they’re durable. They have broken bones testing those things.


johnnyrocket
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Ghetto once known as Baton Rouge
Member since Apr 2013
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I owned a few white river marine products. Best advice is buyer beware and they lack customer service.
Ranger, Triton, Tracker, and Nitro.
If you ever have to send a hull back for fiberglass warranty work good luck.
The issue was straight from the factory, as I had water in my boat rushing in when I was launching it in the water the first time. The first repair it took 9 months. Got it back and had to go right back for the same issue took another 4 months. Got the boat back and the dealer was great they gave me my money back.
On an aluminum boat paint job pealed off in spots. Took 6 months and the dealer got tired of waiting and fixed it at their welding and paint shop.

Skeeter, I had two skeeters in my life. One pre Yamaha owning them and one after Yamaha bought them. The people I sold the boats to are still running them. Never had any issues plus Yamaha is a solid engine line.
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NewIberiaHaircut
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Lafayette
Member since May 2013
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If it were my money I’d go Skeeter out of those two options.


bayou choupique
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the banks of bayou choupique
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I’ve never had a nitro but I’ve owned on skeeter. It was a solid boat. The wiring and all other components held up very well. I had one small tear at the seam of one of the seats.


MTG325
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Shreveport, LA.
Member since Oct 2011
337 posts

I have a Skeeter ZX 250, best boat I’ve had. I think resell is higher than Nitro too


Mister Bigfish
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I don’t own either but I would put Skeeter on a much higher tier of boat than the Nitro.


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latech15
Member since Aug 2015
816 posts

Nitro is certainly on the cheaper end of the spectrum, while Skeeter is on the opposite end.

The Yamaha motor on the skeeter would be a deal killer for me. WAY too many blown heads on the 250 SHOs. Seems to be a very common problem and "due to covid" no heads are available. Leaving people to scrap an otherwise perfect motor and buy another one if they can find one.

My belief is that they are trying to squeeze every MPH out of that motor for all the bass racers out there that they have simply machined all of the rigidity and support out of the heads trying to lighten it as much as possible. According to the mechanic, its always a crack in the head in one of only a few places. Yamaha knows that they have a problem and they aren't doing anything to fix it.

I wouldn't but a boat that came with a 250 SHO on it. Just asking for trouble.


Solo Cam
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I own a nitro and it's not a bad boat but skeeter has a much better reputation


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Mister Bigfish
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Member since Oct 2018
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The Yamaha motor on the skeeter would be a deal killer for me. WAY too many blown heads on the 250 SHOs. Seems to be a very common problem and "due to covid" no heads are available. Leaving people to scrap an otherwise perfect motor and buy another one if they can find one.

My belief is that they are trying to squeeze every MPH out of that motor for all the bass racers out there that they have simply machined all of the rigidity and support out of the heads trying to lighten it as much as possible. According to the mechanic, its always a crack in the head in one of only a few places. Yamaha knows that they have a problem and they aren't doing anything to fix it.

I wouldn't but a boat that came with a 250 SHO on it. Just asking for trouble.


Interesting. Think that’s a pretty big stretch on Yamaha. I haven’t really heard or seen many complaints of the Yammys blowing heads that much but I am mostly saltwater.

Like you said I think it’s the bass racers trying to squeeze every single mph out of them. I know of a bunch of bass guys that talk about “flashing” them. I guess that’s some sort of card program that resets the factory programming. Don’t see guys on the coast doing that. Keep it stock and there shouldn’t be any problems.


WHATDOINO
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Member since Dec 2008
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No matter what boat you pick that has been manufactured in the last 15 years or so till now is going to be a good purchase if the previous owner took care of them. They are all nearly the same with small differences on certain items.



Choose a boat that you like and fits your needs and if it’s new purchase the extended warranty.

Good luck and tight lines.



Just read you are looking new. Will be hard to beat the service centers for nitro as they are pretty much nation wide.

Either choice is not going to be wrong.

Decide if you want to spend a little more on skeeter or save a little with nitro
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MTG325
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Shreveport, LA.
Member since Oct 2011
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I can say that I am on my second Yamaha outboard, they have both been bullet proof. First was a 115, now a 250. I run them pretty hard too. All brands will have power head/ lower unit issues, but that’s mainly dudes trying to see how fast they can go, instead of dropping the troll motor and fishing.


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latech15
Member since Aug 2015
816 posts

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Keep it stock and there shouldn’t be any problems.


My buddy had his blow at 187 hours. Bone stock and babied the whole time. It was 6 years old so out of warranty.

Took it to the local dealer. He has three sitting there that all has blown heads, all low hours, and all well taken care of. After doing some research, it is a very common problem on the SHO models. The saltwater ones (the blue/gray ones) have a better reputation, but you don’t see them on bass boats for whatever reason.


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MotorBoater
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Hammond
Member since Sep 2010
1607 posts

I don’t own either but I would stay away from anything that is owned under the Tracker Inc umbrella. Which would be the Nitro/Mercury combo. I just feel like they have become an industry giant that is all about profit instead of quality. Especially once the partnered with bass pro shop.


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Skeeterzx190
Ponchatoula
Member since Sep 2019
113 posts

Skeeter hands down. Fit, finish, customer service, craftsmanship. Just go actually sit in and drive. No comparison in my opinion. There’s a reason nitro are cheaper.
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Hangover Haven
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Metry
Member since Oct 2013
21418 posts

Bass Cat


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ElDawgHawg
Arkansas Fan
L.A. (lower Arkansas)
Member since Nov 2012
2565 posts

Scrap both choices. Go get a Bass Cat. Thank me later. Nitros are cheap made volume boats and skeeters are not bad but not what Cats and Phoenix are. If you want specs go to YouTube and check out the great bass boat search series Ken Smith Fishing did. Great info there.
Spoiler alert he switched from Ranger to Bass Cat after the series.


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